Dr. Bashir fights to save Garak's life when a device implanted in his brain, designed to alleviate pain in the event of torture, begins to malfunction and is slowly killing him.



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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Glinn Boheeka


Garak and Bashir are waiting in line in the mess hall, when suddenly, Garak falls ill. An examination reveals an implant in his brain. The device - which was implanted a year earlier - is to prevent the bearer from giving away secrets whilst being interrogated, but, now, Garak's time is quickly running out, and Bashir looks for a way to save his friend's life. In the meantime, Garak tells him contradicting stories about his past. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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8 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Dr. Julian Bashir: [Garak is struck by a sudden headache] Are you all right?
Elim Garak: I'm fine.
Dr. Julian Bashir: You don't look fine. Your skin is clammy and your pupils have contracted.
Elim Garak: I assure you. I'm in perfect health. Now, you were asking about other Cardassian novels... Something maybe a little more accessible...
[Garak feels another headache coming on]
Dr. Julian Bashir: "Perfect health". Then Cardassian standards must be a little lower than mine. Come on.
Elim Garak: Doctor, what do you're think you're doing?
Dr. Julian Bashir: Taking you to the Infirmary.
Elim Garak: That won't be necessary.
Dr. Julian Bashir:
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References Rashomon (1950) See more »


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Boy it sucks to be Garak....
19 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" reveals much about Garak--the enigmatic and tricky Cardassian 'tailor' living on the station. When the show begins, Garak is doing what he often does--he's having a meal with his BFF, Dr. Bashir. Without warning, Garak doubles over--in intense pain and in immediate need of hospitalization. What follows is Garak's story--how he was once a dreaded and powerful leader in the Cardassian Obsidian Order as well as his fall from grace.

While this isn't among the more exciting episodes of the series, it's an important one because it makes Garak A BIT pitiable and a bit easier to understand. Worth seeing.

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